Muturi: MPs care about wage bill, allowances justified
SEE ALSO :City Hall on the spot over title deedsThe move by the PSC sparked criticism from Kenyans, with most bashing the law makers for being gluttonous and undeterred by the scaling government wage bill.
Muturi sought to alleviate such concerns on his Wednesday tweet, saying: “The notion that MPs are not concerned about Kenya's wage bill is fallacious. Kenyans must not allow the Salaries and Remuneration Commission to be selective and discriminatory in its determination. A housing benefit is extended to all Public Servants &State Officers alike.” He went ahead and accused critics of the proposed allowances (Sh250,000 per member) of what he terms as hypocrisy in their selective reaction. Muturi said that same benefits have been extended to members of Executive and the Judiciary, and that it is high time the Legislature gets its share. This precedes a statement by the Salaries and Remuneration Commission which termed the introduced allowances as irregular. The SRC noted that setting MPs salaries is its jurisdiction, hence a move by the PSC would be unconstitutional and null.
Assuming your argument makes sense, what’s the mortgage facility of Kshs20m for? Previously MPs deserved king/queen’s treatment but with devolution, most of their functions have largely been usurped by the counties leaving legislation as their core duty. Besides they’re too many!— Eng Omari Harrison (@EngOmariHarris1) May 8, 2019
SEE ALSO :MP wants NIMMS company barred from Kenya“Article 260 of the Constitution categorizes Members of Parliament as State Officers and as such, determination of their remuneration and benefits is the exclusive responsibility of SRC. Payment of any remuneration and benefits, which have not been set or advised by SRC is in violation of the Constitution,” read a statement by the SRC. According to the commission, the move would deprive Treasury funds meant for rolling development projects and even force the taxpayers to dig deeper into their pockets. Muturi joins COTU Secretary General Francis Atwoli who recently declared his support for the introduction of MPs’ allowances.